SNOWFLAKE EARRINGS

(copyright 2013 Deborah Roberti)

Materials:

• About 2 yards of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 100 size 11/0 seed beads: I used Opaque Luster White Miyuki Rocailles.
• 12 Color1 SuperDuo beads: I used Opaque White SuperDuo beads (left) and Silver SuperDuo beads (right).
• 24 Color2 SuperDuo beads: I used Silver SuperDuo beads (left) and Opaque White SuperDuo beads (right).
• 12 Color3 SuperDuo beads (or more Color1 SuperDuo beads, SuperUno beads, 3mm magatama drop beads or 3.4mm Miyuki drop/fringe beads): I used 3.4mm Miyuki Opaque White drops (left) and Silver SuperDuo beads (right).
• 2 size 6 to 9mm accent bead (it can be any type bead—round, fire-polished, pearl, drop etc.): I used Swarovski #5500 9x6 white opal pear drops from eBay.
• two small (2-4mm) jump rings
• a pair of earring findings

Step 1: Thread your needle with a yard of FireLine.

Leaving about a 6-inch tail, string a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead, a Color1 SuperDuo bead, a seed bead and a Color1 SuperDuo bead. Tie the beads together with a double knot:


Step 2: Go back around through the beads that you strung in the last step, grab the tail thread and tie another knot:


Step 3: Go back through the inside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead, the seed bead and the inside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:


Step 4: Go around and through the outside hole of the same Color1 SuperDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):


Step 5: String two Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 6: String two Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 7: String two Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 8: String two Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 9: String two Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 10: String two Color2 SuperDuo beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 11: Go back around through the inside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo beads and the outside hole of the Color1 SuperDuo beads highlighted in RED:

Step 12: Go back through the inside hole of the two Color2 SuperDuo beads highlighted in RED:

Step 13: Go around and through the outside hole of the same Color2 SuperDuo bead that you exited at the end of the last step (highlighted in RED):

Step 14: String a Color3 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 15: String three seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 16: String a Color3 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 17: String three seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 18: String a Color3 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 19: String three seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 20: String a Color3 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 21: String three seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 22: String a Color3 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 23: String three seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 24: String a Color3 SuperDuo bead. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 25: String three seed beads. Go through the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead highlighted in RED:

Step 26: Go back through the Color3 SuperDuo bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 27: String three seed beads. Go back up through the seed bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead, the inside hole of the Color3 SuperDuo bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

As you pull tight, position the three seed beads with your fingers so that they form an angular “v”:

Step 28: String three seed beads. Go back up through the seed bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead, the inside hole of the Color3 SuperDuo bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

Pull tight, positioning the three seed beads with your fingers so that they form an angular “v”:

Step 29: String two seed beads. Go through the jump ring and then back down through the last seed bead that you just strung:

Step 30: String a seed bead. Go back down through the seed bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead, the inside hole of the Color3 SuperDuo bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 31: String three seed beads. Go back down through the seed bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead, the inside hole of the Color3 SuperDuo bead, the outside hole of the Color2 SuperDuo bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED, pulling tight as you position the three seed beads with your fingers so that they form an angular “v”:

Step 32: String three seed beads. Go back down through the beads highlighted in RED, positioning the three seed beads into an angular “v”:

If you don’t wish to add an accent bead drop, repeat this step and then skip to the last step.

Step 33: String two seed beads, an accent bead and three seed beads:

Step 34: Go back up through the accent bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED so that the three seed beads form a picot:

Step 35: String a seed bead and go through the beads highlighted in RED:

Step 36: Go back around through the outer ring of beads highlighted in RED and the jump ring:

Weave your way back into your earring, knot and cut your thread. Repeat for the tail thread from Step 1. Attach your earring finding to the jump ring.